'Dish Nation' Renewed for Second Season

4:07 PM PST 01/28/2013 by THR Staff
"Dish Nation" host Rickey Smiley

The half-hour entertainment news program, averaging 1.3 million viewers in January, will return on Fox Television Stations through 2014.

Twentieth Television announced Monday that syndicated freshman Dish Nation has been renewed for a second season.

The half-hour entertainment news program will continue to air on Fox Television Stations through the 2013-2014 season, also getting distribution on Sinclair, Tribune, Cox, Meredith, Local TV and Lin stations.

"We promised that Dish Nation would be a hilarious and fresh alternative within the entertainment news genre," said Twentieth Television evp and general manager of broadcast sales Paul Franklin. "Based on the positive station response, social media buzz and reinforced by continuous ratings growth, Dish Nation has delivered. Building from a summer test with the Fox Television Stations to a successful first season, we are thrilled to continue the momentum -- and the laughs -- with this second season renewal.”

The younger-skewing Dish Nation boasts a stronger 18-34 showing than any other freshman syndicated program, including Steve Harvey and Katie Couric. Growing 18 percent since the September premiere, January episodes are averaging 1.3 million viewers.  

Dish Nation is different, which is something we wholeheartedly support," said Fox Television Stations svp of programming Frank Cicha. "Given the encouraging ratings and execution so far, we believe this has the potential to be a future franchise for us.”

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